Improve your mental health, boost your mood and live a longer, healthier life with Paula Mee's cookbook Mediterranean Mood Food, plus we have five copies of this new book to give away!

Paula Mee, dietitian, author and lecturer in Applied Culinary Nutrition at Technological University Dublin, looks at the link between food and mental health in her newest cookbook Mediterranean Mood Food. Jam-packed with delicious recipes and tips on how to live a happier lifestyle through food, this book is perfect for those aiming to improve their lives through wellness and tasty meals. 

The traditional Mediterranean diet is known for providing numerous physical health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The Greeks and Italians, despite their high levels of oil consumption, are known to be some of the healthiest in the world, thanks to their dedication to the Mediterranean diet. In her book, Mee demonstrates how this diet can help with gut health, mood, mental health and more through diet. Including over 70 easy-to-prepare recipes that are rich in healthy fats, wholegrain, unrefined carbs, and proteins, including Spinach, feta and egg bake, Lamb meatballs,  Mushroom Bourguignon and Easy bake pears, this book will help to introduce new flavours to your diet.

Want to try some of these delicious recipes? Read on for three recipes from Mediterranean Mood Food by Paula Mee and enter our competition to win a copy of the book for yourself.

Spinach, Feta And Egg Bake

"A handy little brunch for the weekend, this egg bake is a great way to use up any leftover roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, beans or cheese ends. You can make it in one ovenproof dish if you haven’t got individual ones. Olives contain a phenolic compound called oleocanthal that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The olives also contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, which our bodies can’t make so we need to eat them. Luckily, olives are a delicious way to include omega-3 in recipes."

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Spinach, feta and egg bake. Image by Joanne Murphy.

Spinach, feta and egg bake. Image by Joanne Murphy.

Spicy Indian Fish Bake

"The glycaemic index is a measure of how fast a carbohydrate-rich food converts to glucose in your body. It’s useful to know if you eat foods as a standalone snack, such as an orange or a banana – these have a nice low GI. But potatoes are rarely eaten by themselves. They are part of a meal in this recipe, and it is the glycaemic load that we consider. Enjoy potatoes in moderation and where possible in their jackets as part of a meal to contribute nicely to your potassium, folate, vitamin C and fibre intake. The sweet potato is a great option if you like it, as they’re high in beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant." 

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Spicy Indian Fish Bake. Image by Joanne Murphy.

Spicy Indian Fish Bake. Image by Joanne Murphy.

Apricot Fool

"Fresh apricots are divine but hard to come by all year round. If they are in season, stone them, simmer them gently in 2 tablespoons of apple juice and use as described here. This small fruit has big benefits. Dried versions still contain the fibre and many protective phytonutrients, such as flavonoids. A meal pattern rich in flavonoids can improve numerous cognitive skills, including memory, learning and decision-making, and can also help to prevent age-related mental decline."

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Apricot Fool. Image by Joanne Murphy.

Apricot Fool. Image by Joanne Murphy.

Want to add a copy of Mediterranean Mood Food to your bookshelf? We have five copies to give away so click here to enter our competition now.

Recipes extracted from Mediterranean Mood Food by Paula Mee. Images by Joanne Murphy. RRP €19.99.